New York is so nice, they named it twice. 

So why did Thomas Dyja give the title of his forty-year history of the Big Apple THREE “New Yorks? “

On this episode, he takes us on a journey through the last forty years of NYC's triumphs, troubles, discord and devastation. Starting in the fires of the late 1970s, he explains how Ed Koch's "I love New York" became a mantra the city eventually lived up to. He explores how both racial discord and dropping crime under David Dinkins fueled Rudy Giuliani's administration and completed New York's epic comeback, while still foreshadowing division the entire nation would grapple with decades later. Then, he takes us through 9/11 and explains how it was the first time the city truly grieved as one. He explains how Bloomberg's New York brought unparalleled wealth, yet left millions behind.

Finally, we asked the question most New Yorkers think they already know the answer to: Is New York the greatest city in the world?

"New York, New York, New York: Four Decades of Success, Excess and Transformation" is a can't-miss for anyone who loves the Big Apple, or the rich history of how America's trademark city remains the beacon of hope... or of heartbreak.

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